Saturday, April 22

Bonus Original Sin Questions

As promised, here are quotes from the three people named in Wednesday's Original Sin Quiz but left unquoted. And just for good measure, I've thrown in one more quote from another person. These should be really easy, so let's add another requirement: In addition to naming the person whose quote it is, you need to decided whether the quote is affirming or denying original sin. The three leftovers are John Murray, Robert Brow (the co-author with Clark Pinnock of a book of theology), and John Calvin; the addition to the list is Dave Hunt.

Go forth and earn some bonus points!

____________ 1
. Surely there is no ambiguity in David's confession, "I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me," (Psa 51: 5) His object in the passage is not to throw blame on his parents; but the better to commend the goodness of God towards him, he properly reiterates the confession of impurity from his very birth. As it is clear, that there was no peculiarity in David's case, it follows that it is only an instance of the common lot of the whole human race. All of us, therefore, descending from an impure seed, come into the world tainted with the contagion of sin. Nay, before we behold the light of the sun we are in God's sight defiled and polluted. "Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? Not one," says the Book of Job, (Job 14: 4)

____________ 2. This quote was spoken as a strong objection to someone who suggested that since babies who die cannot be believers, then they all go to heaven based on God's choice to save babies who die:

The fact is that they did not sin. They died as babies. It wouldn’t be just to condemn to hell. What are they going to suffer for in hell? What deeds have they done?

____________ 3. The Bible does not say that by sinning Adam was sent to eternal damnation. He was excluded temporarily from the garden till God clothed him with new garments. And the garden is in this world where the Son of God wanted to walk and talk with him. Nor does the Bible tell us that all the billions of people who are Adam's offspring are condemned to eternal punishment unless they hear and make a decision to believe certain things. That can only be deduced from some Bible texts hanging together in a certain kind of model.

....In a model of Creative Love Theism, condemnation is the sense of guilt and shame that makes us hide, as Adam and Eve did, from the Son of God instead of walking joyfully with him. There are then two ways of living one's life in the world: either in Christ, or hiding from him.

____________ 4
. When each member of the human race comes to be in the womb, from the very inception of his or her existence, he and she are involved in that depravity that belongs to the very definition of sin..... And yet, they did not exist when Adam sinned, but nevertheless they are contemplated by God as destined to exist; and consequently, whenever they come to exist, in the providence of God by natural procreation, they come to exist as sinful. They can never be contemplated as anything else.

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